Black woman violently arrested at Waffle House draws calls for protests
25 year old Chikesia Clemons was violently arrested at an Alabama Waffle House after allegedly disputing being charged extra for plastic utensils. One of the Waffle House employees called the police on Clemons after she asked for the number to the corporate office, but Waffle House and the Saraland Police Department refuse to release the name of the employee who phoned in the call.
A friend recorded the incident and posted it to social media, and you can hear Clemons question the arresting officer asking, “What are you doing?” The officer responds, “I’ll break your arm, that’s what I’m about to do,” before placing his hands around her neck despite Clemons yelling, “You’re choking me!”
On Sunday afternoon, that Mobile, Alabama Waffle House was inundated with protesters and as the Mobile area NAACP chapter president told Al.com, “In light of the current situation in our country — such as the arrest of two young black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks coffee shop — we felt it was important for our members to get a first-hand account of the incident, which has now gone viral on social media locally and across the country.”
So far, Waffle House seems to be taking the police’s side, even though they claimed to be waiting for the investigation to conclude as evidenced by spokesman Pat Warner’s email in which he claims that “[I]t’s fair to say that the information we have received at this point differs significantly from what has reportedly been attributed to Ms. Clemons and strongly supports the actions taken by the Saraland Police Department,”
Curiously enough, it would seem that the lessons from Starbucks’ continual mistakes in the wake of their own employee calling the police on Black people are falling by the wayside. Calling the police because of policy is something which companies are all too willing to defend, even though the police inflict harm and terror on Black customers providing good business.